Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
Before I go on ahead and move to my next post blogging about clothes in SL, I wanted to take the time to truly write what I’ve been thinking about since the death of Steve Jobs. I don’t know the man personally, but in some point in time, his actions have touched my life. Most of it is just me remembering what Steve Jobs has done with his life through his business history. So pardon the absolute no correlation of it with the rest of my post blog posts in general and feel free to skip through.
I’m not a huge fan of the major I’m studying in school (Business) and I wish I had taken a different road and did something art related. Nonetheless 2 years ago I met a turning point in my life in which I decided that, hell with it, I’m close to finishing, let’s just finish this race. So I decided to change my initial Management concentration to Marketing. This was the time when I finally found myself rather interested in what school has to offer, since Marketing bridges the gap of artistic creativity and logical business. In every single marketing class I’ve taken as a senior, Steve Jobs was a man we always talked about, revered and respected. He was the inspiration and icon for many marketers in my class and I was not an exception.
Steve Jobs was not only inspiring for marketers or tech geeks or creative minds, but as a human being, he was also one to be remembered. Born out of a wedlock, put up for adoption and dropped out from college, I mean – not the worst of situations, but definitely not a life that’s absolutely perfect. But yet on April Fools Day of 1976, he and Steve Wozniak just twenty something at that time, decided to enter the computing industry. Their main aim to bring as easy to use computer to the market and quickly by the end of the 1980s they became one of America’s golden companies. Take note however, Apple was not the first to invent the computer, not even the first to make a personal computer – but they were able to make a software that was easily understandable for the masses. When IBM entered the PC Market in 1981, together with some mistakes that the company made, Apple headed on a downward spiral and Jobs was forced to leave Apple in 1985.
However if anyone watched Job’s Stanford Commencement speech, one would know that during the time of his leaving the company he went on to start up 2 other extremely successful company (PIXAR and NeXT). This shows a man unbounded by the failures in life and continuing to pursue the things he loved to do. As Apple continued on a downward fall, Jobs was rehired as a CEO in 1997. From then onwards Apple took a turnaround and headed right back into success, the way we currently see them. The success mainly in the way they redefined the way we thought about many things that were already in the market, music players… phones… computers. Apple did not invent anything absolutely new, but they always stick to their “Think Different” motto, making anything they touch commercialized for the general masses to understand and comprehend. And that was the genius of it, finding simplicity in the complicated.
I guess after talking about all this history and what not. The main thing I got out from this man’s life, is that no matter what set backs he met on the way, he overcame them and emerged more victorious than ever. He told stories with his work and his light will continue to inspire the dreamers and thinkers for all the generations ahead of us.
I only knew about the company Apple when I came to the United States when I was 16. I bought my first Apple computer not long after and fell in love, fell in love with this laptop that embraced the idea that design was a crucial element in every product. That ease of use was more important to the masses than complicated software widgets. Of course, not everyone would appreciate the appeal that Apple products had, and I am by no means forcing anyone to do so. But I, personally, felt like this product has been designed and made just for me – and that was the beauty of it.
The words that he said during the Stanford commencement touched my life at a point where I was feeling very low about myself. He reminded us that in life, nothing else matters but living it with no regrets. I don’t think I can put it any better but by quoting the words that he said:
…Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
And just those words alone prove what a great man he was, a man who imparted many innovations and ideas along the way of his life. He wanted to “put a ding in the universe” and that was exactly what he did. Inspiring us to all “Think Different” and just head to the path we all know and love to take.
With that, I hope that even though you might not be an Apple fan or a Pixar fan, his words will still inspire you even in the smallest of ways. He was a beautiful man and the world has lost a great soul, but yet his light will forever be a beacon for our generation to follow on.